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Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Giveaways, Handmade, On Hand Lotions, Skin Care, Uncategorized | 5 comments

On Hand Lotions: Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

On Hand Lotions: Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*


If you were to meet Hayna Weems, Owner and Mixologist Extraordinaire of On Hand Lotions, you would immediately feel the passion she carries for all things natural. A homeschooling mother to three and wife to one, Mrs. Weems sure knows how to keep herself busy. If she’s not outdoors engaging in free play with her little ones, you can be assured she’s in the kitchen either making her family a healthy home-cooked meal or whipping up a batch of fresh lotion bars or lip balms. Everything in her shop is made by her two hands – EVERYTHING – which means On Hand Lotions is completely independent. On top of that, Hayna uses all natural ingredients. The list is so long I couldn’t even begin to tell you (so read more about it HERE). What I can tell you is how much you’ll enjoy using anything and everything made by Hayna’s two hands. I know firsthand how busy she is making these lotions and potions through all hours of the night while maintaining her at-home Mom status. There’s no denying how great these products are. On Hand Lotions is growing by leaps and bounds and I am beyond thrilled to share this beautiful self-started handmade business with the world.



I have tried many of the products offered by On Hand Lotions. Not only do they all smell GREAT, they all nourish and cleanse and protect and heal so well! I have so many favorites, I’ll have to break it down for you by product. The lip balm is scrumptious. If I absolutely had to choose one flavor over another, it would have to be jojoba mint. It has a little tingle to it which makes me feel like there is a healing quality. It’s really the perfect lip balm for harsh winters like we have here in Upstate/Western New York but I’ve even been using it during our humid summer for a little refreshing lip blast. (Is that even a thing?!) If you’re like me and you can’t decide, splurge for a three-pack.


I’ve been a fan of name-brand facial moisturizers my whole adult life so it took me a little convincing to test anything for my face. I’ve recently tried the Thirsty-Face Moisturizing Serum and I must admit it’s quite lovely. The scent alone is beautiful! The result is a smooth, moisturized skin yet oil-free and with a nice, clean feel. I use it when I’m on the go – just a few drops go a long way!

We cannot forget about the Lotion Bars: the reason On Hand Lotions exists! Whether you have your ‘hands on’ the lemongrass, the four thieves, the cocoa, lemon tart or lavender, your body will thank you. The bars melt into your hands leaving them soft and silky. They last forever! We are still using the same bar from the beginning of spring with plenty to spare.



Keep in mind this neat idea for custom wedding or party favors: Organic Lotion Bars in a cute hinged tin with custom labels!

Let’s talk summer must-haves! Firstly, my little gingers cannot spend more than five minutes in the sun without getting scorched. Enter Sun’s Up! Sunscreen. It’s made with zinc oxide which is simply the best sunblock around with an SPF of 35 or more. We like that it doesn’t leave a white cast that other sunscreens may – a smooth application makes for less time prepping to play outside. On Hand has your solution to those buggy nights. Bugscreen Insect Repellent works better to prevent insect bites than any other product I’ve tried. Our “Sweet” family spends countless hours by the lake during the summer, often in the evening when those dang mosquitoes want nothing more than to eat me alive. This spray may take some getting used to scent-wise, according to some of our younger family members, but it is well worth it! (Imagine a freshly-tossed salad thanks to the apple cider vinegar used in the ingredients.) Believe me when I say that even though this is the least pleasant smelling product offered by On Hand, it’s still waaaaaay better than the other toxic bug sprays you’ll find on the market.

On Hand Lotions is owned and operated by a wonderful woman. She puts so much love and passion into her work. Her knowledge of her products is extensive. She even goes to the great lengths of brewing her own vinegar from her own apples for the bugscreen and infusing her own almond oil with calendula blossoms and chamomile flowers to use in the Thirsty-Face. Small business practices such as these won’t be seen by large companies who mass produce skin care products.  Hayna just needs to find a way to bottle her spirit to share with us all. I think that would make the shop complete. 🙂


On Hand Lotions would like to share an opportunity to WIN a basket full of skin care goodies! Just in time to grab onto those last moments of summer, the Summer Adventure Pack will include:

-one (1) 4 oz. bottle Bugscreen Organic Repellent

-one (1) Sun’s Up! Scent-Free Organic Suncreen Stick

-one (1) White Chocolate Organic Lip Balm

-one (1) Lemongrass Organic Lotion Bar, medium size, in tin

(a $49 value)



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There are plenty of new products coming this fall, so be sure to stay on the lookout by following On Hand Lotions on Facebook, on Instagram or on the Etsy shop. If only there were smell-o-vision…

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One will receive one (1) Summer Adventure Pack from On Hand Lotions (a $49 value). Contest begins August 7, 2014 at 12:00am and ends August 14th, 2014 at 12:00am and is open to US residents only. Winner will be announced Friday, August 15th, 2014 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook & Instagram pages. Winning prize will be shipped to any of the 50 US States. Entries will be verified.

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Cleanse, Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle, Uncategorized | 1 comment

A Resolution

A Resolution

It’s about time I come to my senses. Wake up to smell the coffee. Get with the program. Step back into the swing of things.

I am overweight.

I am fat.

I eat too much and exercise too little.

(But it’s not my fault. Or is it?!)

In my defense, I have been either pregnant or nursing for SIX YEARS STRAIGHT up until this year. I’ve maintained my household, started a thriving business from nothing, homeschooled three kids, and still somehow managed to keep my sanity. But my body? My “me time”?? Well, that’s a different story. Every time I attempted to work out at a gym or get some exercise, a child vomited from crying so much or it started to rain or there wasn’t enough money to join a gym or there were dishes to do or peg dolls to be painted or… You know how it goes. The list of excuses goes on and on.

I can confidently say that I feel our kids are now old enough (ages 2, 4, & 5) for me to start paying a little attention to myself. It’s time for MEMEME!! Just a few hours a week. Wouldn’t you agree?

In celebration, I’m putting it out there for the world to see: I am going to lose a significant amount of weight in the next several months/years. I am not going to “diet” or stop eating nor will I hire a physical trainer or go to the gym ten days a week. I will eat better and exercise more. I don’t want to put a time frame on it because I don’t have time for disappointment, only improvement.

Today, I started a second mini-cleanse by eating more whole foods and less processed foods, no sugar, less dairy, less carbs/gluten. I started the day with a warm lemon water (a great cleansing suggestion by my fellow homeschool Mama friend at Ray Of Radiance). I also went to the gym for the first time in a very. long. time. It happens to be right around the corner from our house so that makes it not only convenient, but a little extra exercise to get there and back. My husband & I found a plan that will hopefully work – we take turns going on his work lunch break and/or in the evenings & on weekends. That way, someone can watch the kids and we don’t have to pay extra money for babysitting or a bigger gym membership.

I started more conscious eating last week and I am pleased to see I am down three pounds. I would say that’s a good start.

What are your best tips for getting back into the groove? Any helpful suggestions to ease back into a healthier life?



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Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Choices, Cleanse, Cooking, Detox, Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Moderation, Motivational Posts, New Years' Resolution, Stay At Home Mom | 2 comments

“Sweet” Detox Cleanse

“Sweet” Detox Cleanse

Ready for a new year? I know we sure are!

I’ve made a decision to return to the healthy lifestyle I chose when I became pregnant with my firstborn 6+ years ago. Whole foods, limited dairy, no processed foods or refined sugar, limited no alcohol, no caffeine (wean, wean, whine)…

When I’m pregnant or nursing, it’s easy, since it’s primarily for someone else. However, when life gets busy & time vanishes, it’s difficult to keep up with full, whole meals to feed five people.

Since I’m done nursing (Little Miss Hadley weaned a few weeks ago), I thought it was a great time to do a detox cleanse for my body. We have been SO busy. We’ve been eating poorly, making no choices, really, but simply eating anything we could get our hands on. As a result, I haven’t been able to lose any weight, and I’ve been holding on to this baby weight – from all three ‘babies’ – for much too long now. Time to nip that right in the bud. Perfect timing, really, since it’s also the start of a new year.

With the help from a fellow homeschooling Mama friend, we’re going to find our way to healthier eating again. Jodie Rogers is a Holistic Health Coach & owner of Ray Of Radiance. She has given me a few tips to start this new year right!

Day One included a warm lemon water first thing this morning. Jodie explained how powerful and wonderful lemon is. I believe my body is naturally craving it because I was all about drinking the juice straight from the lemon! I did warm some water in the kettle & drizzle some lemon in. Jodie stressed to use warm, not hot, water. We don’t want to kill any good properties of the lemon.

I’ll do my best to keep updating here on the blog as I partake in this new food journey.

Please feel free to comment & include any tips or suggestions you may have that work for you! Thanks, friends!


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Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Children, Economical Activities, Family, Favorite Things, Fourth Of July, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Parenting, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, Weather | 1 comment

Why I Love Summer? Let Me Count The Ways

Why I Love Summer? Let Me Count The Ways

Summer could easily be my favorite season. Though we live in Upstate New York and enjoy the change of seasons each year, nothing quite beats the warm summer breeze, long days, and short nights.

1. The weather
This is a given. Who doesn’t like eighty-to-ninety degree temps and cool, seventy-degree nights? Oh yeah, and a TON of SUN!! Bask in that vitamin D, soak up that sun! It’s so good for us & we need it more than we know.

2. Family at the lake
In our family, we are fortunate enough to have a beautiful, therapeutic lake home on one of the Finger Lakes in New York State. My dear grandfather purchased this cottage decades ago as a place of relaxation and tranquility. It has served it’s purpose and then some, bringing decades of fun and joy to everyone who enters. Clearly an entire blog post can be dedicated to it in itself.

3. Afternoon naps
Sometimes we don’t make it out of the house in the winter months. It just takes too long to bundle three kids in coats and mittens and hats and boots. The summertime brings easy days and playful hours, which, in Mommyland, equals a little R&R for us! They tire themselves out and all that vitamin D? It eats their energy right into a nap! I love my children to pieces, but I look forward with pure enjoyment to the one-to-two hours all three kids nap almost each day.

4. Weddings
Everyone likes to get married during nice weather, and we love to come party at your nice weathered nuptials! This summer alone, we have four weddings to attend. Fun, fun, fun!

5. Playdates
Outings and hikes, picnics and playgrounds, festivals and farms. How much fun can we cram into ninety warm days?! It’s “Go, Go, Go!” at the Sweets in the summer, and we are loving every minute! We’ve seen lots of friends and family, and we just can’t get enough!

I think I’ll stop at five today, but not because I’m at a loss for more great reasons why I love summer. It’s because I have to go! So much to do and see!

What are some of your favorite things to do and see in the summer? Do tell :).


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Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Baby, Breastfeeding, Children, Choices, Cooking, Creative, Economical Activities, Family, Healthy Lifestyle, Homeschool, infant, Kids Activities, Library, Life, Marriage, Moderation, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Natural Parenting, newborn, Parenting, Philosophy, Stay At Home Mom | 2 comments

How I Function {With Three Kids}: Part One

How I Function {With Three Kids}: Part One

Be realistic. Generally I never make an appointment before 10am. It takes at least one half-hour per child to prepare to leave the house, just to exit the front door. Why make yourself crazy?!

Go easy on yourself. I breast feed on demand until my kids are at least 12 months old. Trust me, it’s easier!

•Like I said, Go easy on yourself. I co-sleep. We’re all much happier and there’s much less wailing, crying and whining, and much more sleep for everyone.

(As I type these facts, I realize this is a great reminder to myself that it is all worth it! The love in our family is apparent and whole.)

Let them do it. We teach our children (usually with their lead) to brush their own teeth, wash their bodies, clean themselves, get themselves dressed, clear their plates from the table after meals, etc. I’m not ashamed to say we potty train at an early age, with baby-led signs, simply to make it easier. Our kids have usually been ready by eighteen months, and we’re just fine with that! They love to get themselves dressed and brush their own hair after baths. Obviously it builds self-confidence and boosts their big little egos. It’s a win-win!

Eat well. We eat whole, raw foods often; I cut up fruit and vegetables to have ready to eat in the fridge. I make crock-pot meals and sauces and many times I don’t cook! (Thank you to our local grocery store, Wegmans, for your super easy $6 Meals which provide my family with a nutritious meal when I am too busy to cook.) When we DO cook, we pretty much make meals in an assembly line, healthy pyramid-style, directly to the kids place at the table. Time-saving and nutritious!

(Speaking of time-saving, invest in an inexpensive, clean-able, wipe-able tablecloth. HomeGoods has pretty, inexpensive padded plastic tablecloths that are appealing enough to use while your kids are young.)

•We read a lot and watch tv only sometimes. Our 4 1/2 year-old now loves to read to her siblings, which is truly the most precious thing ever!

Live comfortably. The house is most certainly always messy. We’ve agreed that our priority is the children, so any disarray that gets in the way is just secondary to them. (And they’re ALWAYS the ones creating the mess so we know they’re enjoying themselves thoroughly!) As they say, a messy home is the sign of happy children.

Relax. I take baths to relax, about once a week, in the evenings when the kids go to bed (or sometimes before, thanks to my dedicated husband!). Everyone has their thing, mine is often baths. Sometimes I paint, sometimes I read, but the most efficient way for me to relax is a hot, steamy bubble bath.

Date other people. We take our kids on one-on-one “dates”, even if it’s just to the grocery store, the library, or to fill up the tank with gas. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just a little something from time to time to let them know they’re important and loved.

Get creative. Literally. We pile up the scissors, glue sticks, crayons & paper and ask them to make a castle or a butterfly, a rocket ship, whatever! They’ll come up with something even if you can’t, don’t be afraid to get artsy. Check Pinterest for ideas if both you and your children are at a loss. {Doubtful.}

Call in the troops. We enlist help. We have family that is close & we call in them when we need their assistance. We don’t take advantage (we rarely go on “date nights” and even more rarely go out with friends together – and we’re ok with that.) so we only utilize their loving babysitting when needed for work-related things, appointments, outings like that.

Above all, enjoy the ride. Love your children, kiss and hug them often. There is always one piece of advice every new Mom hears repeatedly: It flies by. And it really does. In the blink of an eye, you will be choosing a first birthday outfit, picking which soccer camp they’ll attend, playing ‘Tooth Fairy’, teaching multiplication, then *gasp* applying to colleges.

Just. Stay. Little.*

What are some tips you would like to share? What gets you through the day with your family?

*I met this beautiful woman who creates beautiful pieces for little girls. Debbie from Sweet Lemonade has a cute little necklace with this phrase, “Just stay little”, and it says it all. We are collaborating on a few sweet surprises to come! Stay tuned.


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